5:26 am
Wed April 2, 2014

New Kansas City Store Serves Up Midwestern Pride

Raygun owner and founder Mike Draper cracks himself up a little bit in his new Kansas City store.
Credit Frank Morris / KCUR

It’s not hard to find stores catering to people proud of their schools or sports teams, but a shop opening this week in Kansas City, Mo., called Raygun, is all about a perennial underdog: the Midwest.

Owner Mike Draper is from Iowa, and this will be his first store outside his home state.

Like a lot of Midwesterners, Draper left home when he could, but came back to take part in a big shift he sees taking place in the Midwestern self-image.   

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Visual Arts
9:18 am
Tue October 4, 2011

Lawrence Lithography: Creating An Image From Stone

The first home of the Lawrence Lithography Workshop in downtown Lawrence, Kan. It's now located at 2011 Tracy, Kansas City, Mo.
courtesy of Lawrence Lithography Workshop

Mike Sims was first introduced to lithography, described as the closest of all printing processes to pure drawing, as a student in the late 1960s. And Sims was hooked.

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KC Currents
11:51 am
Mon May 10, 2010

Crossroads Renovations Uncover Pendergast's Secrets

Photo by Alex Smith / KCUR. Click to enlarge.

Kansas City, Mo. – Businessman and political boss Tom Pendergast was a major player in Kansas City life for nearly 20 years. Many of the facts of his underground activities during Prohibition have been lost to history.

But new renovations and development in the Crossroads have recently revealed another clue to understanding the man who's been called the Al Capone of the Plains.

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